Friday, July 9, 2010

Turkey Chili

This is the VERY best low fat chili I have ever tasted! Lots of veggies, too, and with a unique Mexican twist...chocolate!

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound ground turkey
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
Pinch ground cinnamon
1/2 red onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 carrots, diced 1/2 inch
1 14-ounce can chopped whole tomatoes, with juice 
1/2 GF chipotle pepper in adobo, seeded and chopped, with about 1/2 teaspoon adobo sauce (not all brands are gluten free!)
3 cups water
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
2  14-ounce to15-ounce cans pinto beans or mix of black beans and pintos, drained and rinsed

1/2 cup chopped cilantro, plus 1/4 cup for serving
Bittersweet chocolate, grated, for serving
3 scallions, chopped, for serving
1/2 cup nonfat yogurt or low fat sour cream, for serving
Tortilla chips, for garnish

 In a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the turkey, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and cook, stirring, 3 minutes. Add the chili powder, cumin, oregano and cinnamon, and cook, stirring, 3 minutes, or until the water evaporates and the turkey sizzles.

 Add the onion, garlic, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cover and cook until the onion is wilted, 5 to 7 minutes. If the onion or the spices begin to stick to the pan, add 2 tablespoons water and scrape with a wooden spoon to release.

Add the carrots, tomatoes, chipotle pepper, water and cocoa powder.
Bring to a simmer; reduce the heat to low, and cook, partially covered, 25 minutes. Stir in the beans and 1/2 cup cilantro, and cook 15 more minutes.

To serve, ladle into soup bowls. Top with scallions, the remaining cilantro, a spoonful of yogurt or low fat sour cream, crushed corn chips, avocado and some grated chocolate!

Makes: Six servings.

For more recipes, check out my cookbook: Delicious! The Very Best of Gluten Free and Wheat Free Cooking.

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